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Dick Lehane (Cork): Irish Business Hall Of Fame Inductee

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Dick (Richard) Lehane; former senior business executive @ EMC


From North Monastery Cork to Senior Vice President of EMC Corporation for Worldwide


In the world of industry and commerce, a Corkman with a high profile and held in great esteem by his peers, is Ballinlough, Cork, native, Richard (Dick) Lehane, a former Blackrock senior hurler. Dick is a former past pupil of the famous North Monastery, Cork, academy of education.

In 1968 Dick graduated from U.C.C. with an Electrical Engineering degree; and furthered his academic qualifications by acquiring a Masters in Business Administration from University College, Galway and also an M.Sc. in Management from Trinity College, Dublin.

Having worked for a number of years in the United States with General Electric, his native heath was a magnet that eventually enticed him back to Ireland. He took up employment in Ireland with the U.S. Wang company, a computer laboratory giant, founded in 1951 at Cambridge, Massachusetts, but ceased worldwide operations in 1992.

Back in Ireland Dick was courted by the U.S. computer giant, Egan, Marino Corporation (EMC) and the product lines of EMC were data storage, information security, virtualisation, analytics and cloud computing. The company were setting up in Ireland in 1988 and Dick Lehane was their very first Irish employee at their Ovens, Co. Cork, base.

In 2002 the Ballinlough native established the LehaneScholarship Fund at a time when he was Senior Vice-President of Worldwide Manufacturing & Corporate Quality for EMC. The funds directive, was the financial assistance of pupils attending the Gaelcholáiste Mhuire (North Monastery) Cork, school, who may not have the necessary financial backup to achieve their academic objectives.

Students who qualified for the Lehane Grant Scheme were awarded €10,000 over four years for four years of a primary degree course-level 8- in any 3rd level institution in Ireland. The Lehane Scholarship Scheme was admininstered by the Irish Educational Foundation Inc. based in Boston, U.S.A. Since inception, many Leaving Cert scholars have successfully applied for and were granted funding and progressed in the business world.

Lehane joined EMC in 1988 to set up its first overseas plant in Cork - and a decade later found himself senior vice-president for worldwide manufacturing at the company's headquarters in Boston. Working in the EMC environment was reserved only for executives who could handle daily pressures and many managers who joined EMC with a successful track record, departed soon after, due to an inability to overcome the EMC way of mastering business.

Aside from EMC, on his 2009 retirement from the company, Dick Lehane took up directorships with a number of companies, received various awards, all in recognition of a hugely successful business career.

The former EMC executive is most certainly a unique personality at the Irish Business Hall of Fame Online Gallery and also at the Irish @


Composed by Derry JF Doody

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